Improving Vitamin D status and related health in young women: The Safe-D study – Part B

Project Details

Vitamin D deficiency is an important health risk for young women, particularly during child-bearing years. Vitamin D deficiency is also associated with increased risk of many chronic health conditions including cardiovascular disease, poor bone and muscle health, mental ill-health and infection. Part B of the Safe-D study aims to investigate the safest and most effective way to increase vitamin D levels in vitamin D deficient young women. This study is a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to measure the effectiveness of (1) a behavioural intervention (using mobile-based application to encourage safe levels of sunlight exposure) and (2) 1000 IU per day vitamin D supplementation to increase vitamin D levels and a wide range of health outcomes over 12 months.



  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grant APP1049065

Research Outcomes

  1. Tabesh M, Garland SM, Gorelik A, Nankervis A, Maclean S, Callegari ET, Chang S, Heffernan K, Wark JD. Improving Vitamin D Status and Related Health in Young Women: The Safe-D study - Part B. JMIR Res Protoc. 2016 May 10;5(2):e80. doi: 10.2196/resprot.5465.

Research Group

Bone and Mineral Research Group

School Research Themes

Women's Health, Infectious Diseases and Immunity

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